Legend Lara inspires WI Women
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – West Indies batting legend Brian Lara has offered words of encouragement to the West Indies Women’s team after meeting with them on Wednesday evening.
The double world record-holder was a special guest at a function for the West Indies Women and England Women teams who are in Trinidad for their three-match One-Day Series.
“I respect all cricketers at all levels and I was delighted to accept the invitation to join the West Indies and England Women’s teams. I was happy to see the players and just to relax and share some of my knowledge with them and also hear from them as well,” Lara told WICB Media.
“I was also happy to see some of my old team-mates Sherwin Campbell (West Indies Head Coach) and Ezra Moseley (West Indies Assistant Coach).”
The two teams are preparing for the second ODI which will be played on Friday at the Queen’s Park Oval. The day/night match starts at 2 pm (1 pm Jamaica Time).
The first match on Tuesday was rain off after just three overs. The third and final match will also be a day/nighter on Sunday at the same venue.
Lara urged the West Indies to maintain their good form and also continue to be good ambassadors for the game.
“It is great to see our girls do well and I hope they continue improving. It is important that they take the game seriously and look to learn with every opportunity. They are a work in progress and I can tell there is great self-belief and unity in the team,” Lara said.
West Indies opener batter Kyshona Knight said she was thrilled to meet her hero.
“He’s my favourite cricketer of all-time and it was amazing to meet him for the first time. It was a dream for me and he inspired us to continue the good work we have started,” she said.
Since their re-introduction to international cricket in 2008, West Indies have been the most improved team in women’s cricket. They are ranked at Number 2 in One-Dayers and in the Top 4 in T20 Internationals.
They recently came from behind to beat New Zealand 2-1 in the One-Day Series at Sabina Park. Last week they beat England by eight wickets to win the final of inaugural Women T20 International Tri Series, which also featured New Zealand.
The Windies boast some of the best players in the world – including Stafanie Taylor the ICC Player of the Year and the Number 1 ranked batter, bowler and allrounder in ODIs; Deandra Dottin, the world-record holder for the fast T20 century; and Anisa Mohammed -- the leading bowler in West Indies history.